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Roof side rails- remove?

Does anyone know how the roof side rails come off? I would like to remove them so I can paint them and was looking for any tips. What do you guys got?
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Does anyone know how the roof side rails come off? I would like to remove them so I can paint them and was looking for any tips. What do you guys got?
Pop the end caps off and see if that doesn't help you figure it out.

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Does anyone know how the roof side rails come off? I would like to remove them so I can paint them and was looking for any tips. What do you guys got?
If you remove the end cap you will see a torx screw that holds them to teh roof.





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Thanks guys, kinda figured that but just seemed too easy. LOL.
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Is this for the whole rack or just the handles in the back?
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Is this for the whole rack or just the handles in the back?
The handles are separate from the roof rails.

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First you need to remove the rear handles that you installed and then remove the front plastic covers, they pull upwards, then you will find I think four screws that mounts the rial on the roof which need to be loosen, after that you will be able to remove the whole rail from the roof.
after that you need to remove the three plastic holes from the rail ,, I think there are two bolts to remove each one.

so after removing all those holes you will have the pure metal part of the roof rail which need to be painted, I think you will be able to do that yourself as you did it with the rear handles.
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First you need to remove the rear handles that you installed and then remove the front plastic covers, they pull upwards, then you will find I think four screws that mounts the rial on the roof which need to be loosen, after that you will be able to remove the whole rail from the roof.
after that you need to remove the three plastic holes from the rail ,, I think there are two bolts to remove each one.

so after removing all those holes you will have the pure metal part of the roof rail which need to be painted, I think you will be able to do that yourself as you did it with the rear handles.
Thanks Ahmed, I think I will wait a bit to do this. But now at least I know what's involved (no big deal).

Did you paint the outside face and the inside or just the outside? (visible side)
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IamJeep, you are probably looking at 10-15 minutes to remove both rails.

Are you going to paint the rails to match your XK or a different color?

If you take the rails off and then put them back on, you probably wont need to paint your roof. Might still be a good idea....but not as
necessary.
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IamJeep, you are probably looking at 10-15 minutes to remove both rails.

Are you going to paint the rails to match your XK or a different color?

If you take the rails off and then put them back on, you probably wont need to paint your roof. Might still be a good idea....but not as
necessary.
I plan on painting them the color of my XK.

I'll see how the roof looks after I remove them to see if it needs touch up paint, I plan on putting the rails back up.

I'm going to fab up some low profile cross rails to install a roof basket so, till I do that I will not be removing the factory rails for paint.

If there is interest, I'll do a step by step how-to on the rails and basket.

Thanks cico.
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